Rome, Ostia, Pompeii: Movement and Space

Rome, Ostia, Pompeii: Movement and Space

by Ray Laurence, David J. Newsome
     
 

Rome, Ostia, Pompeii captures how studies of the Roman city are currently shifting away from architecture towards a dynamic understanding of activities within the urban space. This is becoming a defining feature of new and innovative research on the nature of ancient urbanism and is underpinned by an understanding of the relationship between space and society - the

Overview

Rome, Ostia, Pompeii captures how studies of the Roman city are currently shifting away from architecture towards a dynamic understanding of activities within the urban space. This is becoming a defining feature of new and innovative research on the nature of ancient urbanism and is underpinned by an understanding of the relationship between space and society - the two sides of the core dialectic of the 'Spatial Turn' in cultural studies. In this volume a new generation of scholars provide detailed case studies of the three best known cities from antiquity, Pompeii, Ostia, and Rome, and focus on the movement or flow of a Roman city's inhabitants and visitors, demonstrating how this movement contributes to our understanding of the way different elements of society interacted in space. Through a uniquely broad range of historical issues, such as the commoditization of movement in patronage relationships, the appropriation of 'architectural space' by 'movement space', the importance of movement and traffic in influencing representations of ancient urbanism and the Roman citizen, this volume studies movement as it is found both at the city gate, in the forum, in the portico, and on the street, and as it is represented in the text and on the page.

Throughout this book, the authors are concerned with the residues of movement - the impressions left by the movement of people and vehicles, both as physical indentations in the archaeological record and as impressions upon the Roman urban consciousness. The volume's interdisciplinary approach will inform the understanding of the city in classics, ancient history, archaeology and architectural history, as well as cultural studies, town planning, urban geography, and sociology.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"The essays all maintain a high level of theoretical analysis and show thorough knowledge of both literary and archaeological sources.... A work of advanced scholarship for advanced scholars. Highly recommended."—CHOICE

"Will be of interest not only to students of the past but even to todays town planners ... opening a new historiography"—Prof. Barbara Levick, Greece & Rome

"This highly detailed and absorbing study crosses academic disciplines, is, as one would expect from its editors, thoroughly researched with an extensive bibliography, and is peppered with entertaining gems"—Caitlin McCall, World Archaeology

"Each chapter has something to recommend it ... this is a beautifully produced book that moves its reader onto and through the streets of the Roman city."—Rebecca R. Benefiel, sehepunkte

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780199583126
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
02/20/2012
Pages:
464
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.20(d)

Meet the Author

Ray Laurence is Professor of Roman History and Archaeology at the University of Kent. In 2006 he won the 'Longman-History Today New Generation Prize for book most likely to inspire the young to study history' for his volume Pompeii The Living City.

David J. Newsome was awarded his PhD in 2010 from the University of Birmingham. He won the BABESCH-Byvanck Award in 2008 for his innovative research on traffic and urban change at Pompeii. Both have published widely on the Roman city.

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